Wild is as Wild Does

Wild is as Wild Does

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Spring is a wonderful time to wander around and see the beauty coming forth, don’t you think? And I think the most beautiful moments come when finding vegetation growing wild-not planted by humans but by Mother Nature.

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Some of the best times to find the best wild is at the end of your search. I found all the flowers that I could for this particular search-for-the-wild today. And at the very end when I was getting ready to go home, small white blossoms on a blackberry bush caught my eye. And then I shook my head. I was not going to take a picture of those.

But on a closer look, a treasure became very clear when I saw a (C) jbhladybug resting on a blossom. Suddenly what seemed ordinary, and maybe even much like a weed, became a little more special. So of course, I had to show you this great example of how sometimes unexpected surprises show up in the strangest places when you look carefully and when you are almost ready to give up.

What are the unexpected wild surprises growing in your area? Please share and let us know. 

  • Dianne
    Posted at 15:30h, 01 June Reply

    So glad you asked, and what fun to share!

    In my own neighborhood “wild” = “neighbor’s flowers escaped and living off the land”…. 🙂 Examples of the voluntary expats include raspberries (I now harvest enough every year for a double batch of jelly), English ivy, green and yellow variegated bamboo (a chunk was handed off to another neighbor recently), orangey yellow African daisies, buttercups hop-scotching their way through the flower beds, and a variety of deep purple hollyhock that vigorously self-sows. There’s honeysuckle popping up along the fence-line (though the original bush was dug out by the landlord after his rentors moved). I have wild roses popping up in the lawn alongside the house (but those are my own fault.) And there’s something that we kids used to call “tobacco plant”– pleasantly orangey/yellow now, deep red-brown in fall– and dangerous if not vigorously pulled. The truly wild? nettles. non-native blackberries (yum) and more rarely a native variety, salmon berry, ocean-spray and — a prominent ex-pat — scotch broom.

  • flora
    Posted at 10:47h, 02 June Reply

    Dianne-What a beautiful “wild” area-I bet! How about sending us a couple of pictures? Email them to me at [email protected] if you can so that we can share them. Oh- and can we get a pic of the tobacco plant before you pull it? And as always, thank you much for reading and commenting! ~Flora

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